227: Using the Metabolism Reset Diet to Support Liver Health

227: Using the Metabolism Reset Diet to Support Liver Health

 
 
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Using the Metabolism Reset Diet to Support Liver Health

Today we have one of my favorite doctors in the world on the podcast, and I’ll tell you why. After seeing doctor after doctor and not getting any answers, Dr. Christianson diagnosed my thyroid condition. I’ve been a patient of his ever since and he’s done so much to improve my health.

Dr. Christianson’s expertise is naturopathic endocrinology and he focuses on thyroid function, adrenal health, and metabolism. He’s also the founding physician behind Integrative Health, a clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author whose books include the recent Metabolism Reset Diet, The Adrenal Reset Diet, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease (links to those below).

(Fun fact: Dr. Christianson is also competitive mountain unicyclist! Not too many people can say that!)

On to the episode…

Episode Highlights: Metabolism Reset Diet

  • Dr. Christianson’s own struggle with being overweight as a child
  • Three “dials” that turn health off or on
  • Unexpected effects dieting can have on the body over time
  • What “leaky liver” is and how to know if you have it
  • Reasons the incidence of liver disease is rising
  • Why Dr. Christianson thinks iodine deficiency isn’t as big of a factor in thyroid disease as some people think
  • How losing inches around the waist is more important than pounds overall
  • The ideal length of time to work on weight loss
  • Health benefits to losing even a small amount of weight
  • The surprising reason he doesn’t recommend exercising when trying to lose weight
  • An important health marker we should all test at home
  • Benefits of sulforaphanes and how to get them in your diet
  • A simple change to make for healthier sleep
  • Dr. Christianson’s take on the ketogenic diet
  • And more!

Episode Quotables

“Imagine a diet that was wild-caught fresh salmon, wild-picked blueberries, greens, the healthiest foods imaginable. Well, that’s what bears eat to gain weight and hibernate.”

“Weight loss is something that in the best of circumstances is unnatural for the body and is a bit of a strain.”

Resources We Mention

Books by Dr. Christianson

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  1. I was disappointed in this podcast. The diet was never referenced in concrete terms. I have since found some specifics and the diet is a shake for breakfast and lunch and then a dinner of protein and starch. You can have unlimited veggies (he has a list; it includes carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, and spaghetti squash). No sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs. He’s big on “resistant starch” which also wasn’t discussed in the podcast. His approved starch list is small amounts beans, potatoes, plantains, buckwheat, oat groats, or pearl barley. This diet is also very low fat. He ridiculed other diets for causing weight lose because of low calorie consumption. Well, isn’t his low calorie? I don’t understand what makes this a liver cleanse (again, he never discussed it) but maybe that’s in the book. It feels like just another fad diet. Katie, you said people “don’t even know what to eat anymore” and I believe that is still true. This diet did not help me. Please tell me if I missed something. Sorry for being negative.

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